A teenager was strangled by a stranger in broad daylight on board a northbound A train in Far Rockaway on Thursday, Nov. 9, and the attacker remains at large, according to the NYPD.
Police from the 101st Precinct reported the 17-year-old victim was approached by a man who is at least twice his age as the train was pulling into the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue subway station just before 4 p.m. on Nov. 9. A verbal dispute ensued and escalated into violence when the man allegedly strangled the teen, causing him to lose consciousness.
The teenager got off the train at Mott Avenue, while his assailant remained onboard, police said.
The victim sustained minor injuries and was transported to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital where he was listed in stable condition, police said.
The NYPD released a surveillance photo of the suspect on the station platform on Nov. 21.
He is approximately 30 to 40 years old, has a light complexion and is bald-headed, police said. He was last seen wearing a yellow shirt, black sweatpants, orange sneakers and a black backpack.
A reward of up to $3,500 is being offered for information that leads to his arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.
The 101st Precinct has reported 238 assaults so far in 2023, 18 more than the 220 reported at the same point last year, an increase of 8.2%, according to the most recent CompStat report.